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11 Rockland Organizations Off To Israel for 'Innovation Education'

Several local members who will be traveling to Tel Aviv, Israel to attend a seminar.
Several local members who will be traveling to Tel Aviv, Israel to attend a seminar. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. --  Members from 11 Rockland Jewish agencies will travel to Tel Aviv, Israel from Feb. 5 to 9 to attend a seminar on innovative thinking.

Made possible by the Lily Steuer Fund of the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County, the seminar, “Challenge, Innovation, and Renaissance,” will be led by Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT), an Israeli firm that helps companies and organizations succeed by achieving self-sustaining innovation.

Gary Siepser, CEO of the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County, says the seminar will teach the Jewish organizations from Rockland how to work together in an innovative way to respond to the changing Jewish landscape.

“Jewish institutions need to embrace innovation and evolve in a meaningful way if they are to remain relevant in people’s lives,” says Siepser. “This is true not only for synagogues but for agencies like Federation and JCC, and our Jewish schools too. Because we are all facing the same challenges of a changing Jewish world, we can best respond by learning and working together.”

Cantor Barry Kanarek, Director of Federation’s Rockland Jewish Initiative is coordinating the seminar. According to Kanarek: “Israel’s rich history of innovation is a vast source of inspiration for Rockland’s Jewish future. By combining a historical look at Israeli innovation with the inventive thinking process, I’m optimistic we will leave Tel Aviv with a new vision for Rockland’s Jewish future.”

The following organizations will be represented at next month’s Israel seminar: Congregation Shaarey Israel, Hillel of Rockland, Israel Bonds, JCC Rockland, Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County, New City Jewish Center, Orangetown Jewish Center, Rockland Jewish Academy, Rockland Jewish Family Service, Temple Beth Sholom and West Clarkstown Jewish Center.

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